Perhaps due to fate, 50 close relatives, nieces and nephews, and other extended family members gathered with Donna to celebrate her 80th birthday on May 11, 2013, in Des Moines. She was an active participant in that celebration and was in her element with the crowd. Her family and friends are taking comfort from that fortuitously timed event.
Donna was predeceased in death by her parents, her brother Jim De Reus Jr., and her sister Pat Smith.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 29, at 10:30 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa with Pastor Alvern Boetsma officiating. Interment will follow at the Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation with the family will be Saturday morning from 9:30 until service time at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers for the funeral ceremony, the family suggests that donations be made to the American Heart Association. The central receiving location for such donations is: American Heart Association; 208 So. LaSalle St. Suite 1500; Chicago, IL 60604-1242.